frontline workers

Jeff Desmond
Michigan Medicine /

Medical leaders from 21 hospital systems signed an open letter to Michigan residents pleading for people to get vaccinated. The letter comes after an increase of COVID-19 cases across the state, which leaders warn could turn into a fourth wave. 

WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Dr. Jeff Desmond, chief medical officer for Michigan Medicine, who was among those who signed the letter and explains why he thinks it is so important.

Debbie Dingell
Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

Michigan 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says her recent emergency surgery and eight-day hospital stay was a wake-up call for her and her inside view as a patient of our medical system.

She talks with WEMU's Lisa Barry now that she is out of the hospital and on the road to recovery.

Washtenaw Community College /

Hundreds of essential workers are receiving elemental tuition aid at Washtenaw Community College, thanks to a state scholarship program.  Here’s more from WEMU’s Heather Irvine.


Eastern Michigan University has formed a partnership with Henry Ford College that will offer a tuition-free, 4-year degree program to frontline workers.